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Redskins 2017 position outlook: Wide receiver

Redskins 2017 position outlook: Wide receiver

With the season opener fast approaching, it’s time to put the Redskins’ depth chart under the microscope. Over the coming days we will look at every position, compare the group to the rest of the NFL, see if the position has been upgraded or downgraded from last year, and take out the crystal ball to see what might unfold.

Wide receivers

Starters: Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder (slot)
Other roster locks: Ryan Grant, Maurice Harris.
On the bubble: Robert Davis, Brian Quick

How the wide receivers compare:

To the rest of the NFL: This is an unproven group, with Pryor in his second year playing the position and Doctson coming off a lost rookie season. You don’t have to look far to find receiving groups with more proven production. The Giants have added Brandon Marshall to Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard to form one of the top groups in the NFL. It’s arguable that the Cowboys have a better corps. But Pryor has produced a 1,000-yard season, Crowder improved from his rookie year to last year and Doctson is a recognized talent. They’re outside of the top 10 but not too far down the list, somewhere in the teens.

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To the 2016 Redskins: The Redskins became the first team to lose two 1,000-yard receivers in a single offseason when both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon left in free agency. They managed to recover about as well as could be expected by signing Pryor and having Doctson in the wings. And maybe the backups could be better than they were last year. Ryan Grant has been catching everything thrown near him in practice and Maurice Harris will have his rookie year out of the way. But the harsh reality is that you don’t easily replace receivers like Garçon and, especially, the speedy Jackson easily. This group must be considered a downgrade until we see production on the field that indicates otherwise.

2017 outlook:

Biggest upside: Doctson was off to a great start in training camp before he suffered a hamstring injury. His talent for high-pointing the ball could make him a favorite red zone and third down target.

Most to prove: Ryan Grant has been a favorite of the coaches since he was a fifth-round pick in 2014. But he had only nine receptions in 16 games last year. If he wants an NFL future here or elsewhere, he needs to catch passes.

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Rookie watch: Sixth-round pick Robert Davis has been targeted 11 times in two preseason games and he has 20- and 31-yard receptions. He is going to have to fight off Quick to remain on the roster but he appears to be ahead in that battle. Davis is helping his case by working as a gunner on the punt team.

Bottom line: There is no doubt that the team will miss the ability of Jackson to go deep, opening things up underneath. But it also is clear that the bigger, more physical receivers will help move the chains and increase red zone productivity. The size does not necessarily compensate for the loss of speed but Kirk Cousins still should find quality targets.

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Jay Gruden on Ryan Grant:

He’s really strong, he’s in great shape, and he’s Mr. Consistent. Everything we ask him to do he does, and he does it right. No matter where he lines up, no matter what we ask him to do – he can come in the core and block the safety, whatever we want him to do, he can run whatever route from whatever positon and he runs at the right depth, perfect angles coming out of them. He’s just ‘Steady Eddie,’ and that’s why I like him. I like consistent, smart players and that’s what Ryan is.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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How to watch NBCSW's 'Predict The Game' broadcast of Redskins vs. Falcons

How to watch NBCSW's 'Predict The Game' broadcast of Redskins vs. Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons play host to the Washington Redskins in their penultimate preseason game.

The Redskins will be looking to solidify their lineup with Trent Williams still holding out over a new contract, and Case Keenum, Colt McCoy and Dwayne Haskins competing for the starting quarterback job.

This year during the preseason, Redskins fans can participate in a one-of-a-kind broadcast, Predict The Game, where fans can win cash prizes each quarter. This live viewing experience will be on NBC Sports Washington Plus with the regular game broadcast aired on NBC Sports Washington. 

PREDICT THE GAME HOW TO WATCH

What is this broadcast? Predict The Game is an easy-to-enter, free contest that allows fans to predict various game and player performance outcomes through a series of approximately 30 questions that will appear on screen during the alternate telecast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Predict The Game leaderboards will be displayed at select times, and the winner of the contest will be revealed during NBC Sports Washington’s postgame coverage.

Where can I find it? Contest questions and leaderboards will be displayed on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

Additionally, the broadcast can be streamed on desktopiOS and Android devices. 

How do I win? Fans will earn points for correct predictions, with the top eligible scorer at the end of the game earning or splitting the $500 prize. 

Fans must enter Predict The Game, which is open to join throughout the entire game, and submit their predictions at www.nbcsportswashington.com/predict.

REDSKINS at FALCONS HOW TO WATCH

What:  Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons, 2018-19 NFL Preseason Game 

Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

When: Thursday, August 22, 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Redskins at Falcons game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder).

Live Stream: You can live stream Redskins at Falcons on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

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Best D.C. bars for NFL Sunday

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Best D.C. bars for NFL Sunday

Are you a die-hard NFL fan looking for a go-to spot to call your home this upcoming NFL season? Whether you're a fan of a local NFL team like the Baltimore Ravens or the Washington Redskins there are plenty of bars and restaurants around Washington D.C. to enjoy NFL Sunday.

We’ve found a list of the best bars in the district that offer can’t beat wing and beer specials, have several screens and will be sure to meet all of your game day needs.  

Town Tavern 
2323 Eighteenth Street North West Washington, DC 20009-1814

Interested in booking your own private game day watch party? This is the place to be. Town Tavern features two levels with booths, bar seating, a huge dance floor, and multiple private party areas. The menu includes wings with various amazing flavors, burgers, $5 domestic bottles, $15 Bud Light Pitchers and a $20 wing/pitcher combo. There are 15 HDTVs to keep track of every team playing. 

Ivy and Coney
1537 7th St NW Washington, DC 20001

Devoted to Chicago Bears fans, Ivy and Coney is a hangout spot for Chicago and Detroit natives craving for a taste of home. The menu specializes in Chicago-style and Detroit coney-style hotdogs, Chicago Italian beefs, peanuts and cracker jacks. Beers available on tap include Strohs, Old Style, Goose Island 312 and Bell’s Two Hearted. Games are displayed on several TVs, with an emphasis on Chicago and Detroit teams. 

The Big Stick 
20 M Street, SE Washington, DC 20003

This Big Stick prides itself as being a rustic, lodge-themed restaurant and sports bar with a unique menu specializing in sausages, sandwiches and a robust craft beer selection. Sunday Funday specials at The Big Stick include beer buckets with five of any canned or bottled beer for the price of four. Watch your favorite team on one of the 12 flat screens on display. 

Penn Quarter Sports Tavern 
639 Indiana Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004

Founded by a native Washingtonian sports fan, over the years Penn Quarter Sports Tavern has become a neighborhood favorite. PQST invites you to grab a bite and relax while watching your favorite sports team play at one of their two bars, outdoor patio or cafe. PQST has every package DirecTV offers and great game day drink specials.     

Union Pub
201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Union Pub grants you the experience to watch sports live on Capital Hill in a relaxed and friendly neighborhood bar. Chicago Bears fans flock to Union Pub for game days mainly for the game-day specials that feature $15 buckets of Bud Light & Budweiser, $5 rail drinks, $16.98 wing platter with your choice of sauce. 

Penn Social  
801 E St NW Washington, D.C. 20004

Penn Social is the go-to spot for entertainment. Get the best of both worlds with giant TV screens lining the basement to watch your favorite team but also join in on the fun with many games including Skee-Ball and cornhole. Try the $9 wings, $12 pulled sliders and all drafts are $2 off every day from 4-7 p.m. 

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